By Adam Baum, Cincinnati Enquirer / Photo by Adam Baum\
GREEN TWP. - For the 28 seniors on Oak Hills' football roster, they've been through a whirlwind four years. They've now seen three head coaches in three years, and because they stuck around and saw it through, they have a chance to be a part of the change.
It's something new head coach Kyle Prosser, a 2004 Oak Hills graduate, doesn't take lightly.
"For as rough as these (seniors) have had it, the fact that there's 28 of them is pretty scary," said Prosser, who added that the Highlanders have nearly doubled their football numbers program-wide from a year ago.
In his short time with the team, Prosser said he's seen them become just that: a team.
"It's been exciting for me to watch them grow, knowledge wise, and not lose their fun spirit," said Prosser. "They've gone from walking around by themselves to going everywhere in a group. They've come together."
There's quite the contingent of returning talent for the Highlanders from last season's 1-9 team that went winless in the Greater Miami Conference. They took their lumps, now they're working to hand out some lumps.
Returning on offense: junior quarterback Jake Woycke is back under center, protected by four offensive linemen in seniors Sam Bepler, Nathan Madden, Wade Stenger and junior Jacob Bush. Junior Noah Cox is the newcomer on the line. And Woycke has a bunch of weapons back in senior running backs Kyle Montag and Cooper Scholz, as well as senior wideouts Cam Naber, Jason Smith and Brandon Wieck.
Prosser said his team does have depth, especially at the skill positions on offense. Junior wide receiver Donnie Lippmeier, and sophomores Max Scherra, Jacob Berkemeier, Vince Kolb and Grant Rembold will be involved.
"We've got some depth, we've just gotta put it together and stay healthy," said Prosser, a linebacker in high school and college who will also be the defensive coordinator.
Defensively, Oak Hills returns a number of starters from last year. Senior middle linebacker Tyler Parrish, senior cornerback Tony Trame and senior safety Jonathan Finn will anchor the defense, along with senior DL Nick Goldfuss, senior DE Kenyon Hairston, senior DL Matt James and junior DL Alex Trujillo. Also helping out on defense will be juniors Griffin Kain, Nick Malone and Eli Harris, in addition to senior Drew Jostworth, and sophomores Adam Goldfuss, James Patrick and Andy Lawson.
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